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Dr Rodrigo Ledesma-Aguilar

Associate Professor

Department: Mathematics, Physics and Electrical Engineering

I joined Northumbria as a Lecturer in Physics and Electrical Engineering in 2013.

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I joined Northumbria as a Lecturer in Physics and Electrical Engineering in 2013.  I graduated as a Doctor in Physics from the University of Barcelona in 2009. I then moved to Oxford University as a Marie Curie Fellow in the department of Theoretical Physics. More recently, I worked as a postdoc in the Oxford Centre for Collaborative Applied Mathematics.

My teaching interests lie in soft condensed matter physics: fluid mechanics, statistical physics, and mathematics.

Campus Address

Ellison Building

0191 227 3868


PhD Physics (Cum Laude), Dipl Chem Eng

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Theoretical Soft Matter

Sponsors and Collaborators

I have scientific collaborations with groups in the UK and overseas.  Within Northumbria, I work in collaboration with Prof. Glen McHale, Dr. Gary Wells and Dr. Ben Xu. Other collaborators include Prof. Julia Yeomans, Dr. Dominic Vella and Dr. Dirk Aarts (Oxford), Prof. Aurora Hernandez-Machado and Prof. Ignacio Pagonabarraga (Spain).

  • The Royal Society
  • SES
  • Jaguar Land Rover

Current/Recent Projects

  • New Engineering Concepts from Phase Transitions: A Leidenfrost Engine, EPSRC, 2017 (Co-I)
  • Knowledge Transfer Partnership, Innovate UK 2017 (Co-PI)
  • Liquid actuation based on humidity gradients: Hygrotaxis , EPSRC, 2017 (PI)
  • Hygrotactic motion of evaporating liquid droplets on ultra-low friction surfaces. The Royal Society , 2016 (PI)


Key Publications

Energy invariance in capillary systems

É Ruiz-Gutiérrez, JH Guan, BB Xu, G McHale, GG Wells and R Ledesma- Aguilar* Physical Review Letters 118, 218003 (2017)

Not spreading in reverse: The dewetting of a liquid film into a single drop

AMJ Edwards, R Ledesma-Aguilar, MI Newton, CV Brown and G McHale,

Science Advances 2, e1600183 (2016)

Superconfinement tailors fluid flow at microscales

SA Setu, RPA Dullens, A Hernández-Machado, I Pagonabarraga, DGALA Aarts and R Ledesma-Aguilar

Nature Communications 6, 7297 (2015)

Lattice-Boltzmann simulations of droplet evaporation

R Ledesma-Aguilar*, D Vella and JM Yeomans Soft Matter 10, 8267-8275 (2014) 

GG Wells, R Ledesma-Aguilar, G McHale and K Sefiane

A sublimation heat engine

Nature Communications 6, 6390 (2015)

Lattice-Boltzmann simulations of droplet evaporation

R Ledesma-Aguilar, D Vella and JM Yeomans

Soft Matter 10, 8267-8275 (2014)

R. Ledesma-Aguilar and J.M. Yeomans. Enhanced motility of a microswimmer in rigid and elastic confinement. Physical Review Letters 111 138101 (2013).

R. Ledesma-Aguilar, A. Hernández-Machado and I. Pagonabarraga. Theory of wetting-induced fluid entrainment by advancing contact lines on dry surfaces. Physical Review Letters 110 264502 (2013).

R. Ledesma-Aguilar, H. Loewen and J. M. Yeomans. A circle swimmer at low Reynolds number. The European Physical Journal E 35 70 (2012).

R. Ledesma-Aguilar, T. Sakaue and J.M. Yeomans. Easier sieving through narrower pores: fluctuations and barrier crossing in flow-driven polymer translocation. Soft Matter 8 4306-4309 (2012).

R. Ledesma-Aguilar, T. Sakaue and J.M. Yeomans. Length-dependent translocation of polymers through nanochannels. Soft Matter 8 1884-1892 (2012).

R. Ledesma-Aguilar, R. Nistal, A. Hernández-Machado and I. Pagonabarraga. Controlled drop emission by wetting properties in driven liquid filaments.
Nature Materials 10 367-371 (2011).

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